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Thayer pool party nets cash for improvements

Friday, August 12, 2011

The Thayer Community Betterment Association-sponsored Thayer Back-to-School Pool Party on Aug. 4 at the city pool attracted 75 party goers and raised more than $550 for pool improvements.

Most of the money generated was through barbecue dinner sales at the Bank of Thayer annex.

Six bank employees, plus Thayer Area Chamber of Commerce members and community volunteers helped prepare the 200 dinners sold in two hours before the 7 p.m. pool party began.

Chamber Secretary LaRee Rees said the workers heard "raves about the barbecue," made by Spring River Barbecue of Hardy.

Rees said it was tricky for workers to know when to stop selling curbside orders as they had 114 pre-orders to fill. A sequence of "stop, go, sell, stop," was employed, enabling all orders to be filled.

For hours before the party, which included games both inside the pool area and outside, lifeguards and pool manager Brenda Dixon worked to get ready for the party.

A brief shower earlier in the day cooled down the temperature just enough to create beautiful weather, encouraging many to participate in the teen volleyball games in the pool.

"It was just gorgeous. I was pleasantly surprised," Rees said. "All the kids participated in the games."

The betterment association conducted a Thayer High School student survey in early spring, which revealed many area youth would visit the pool more often if the facility had more chairs, shade and a remodeled bathhouse.

The city and pool manager will determine how the funds are used.

More pictures from the Thayer Pool Party are on Page 5A and online in our Photo Galleries at www.areawidenews.com.

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